Experience makes a difference in nearly any career. However, when it comes to patient care, experience is even more essential. When lives are on the line, your firsthand knowledge takes on a new level of importance. It was only after years of Public Health education that Stephanie Campos truly learned this hard lesson. Like so many others, upon graduation, her fears were realized— the job market is a brutal place, filled with fierce competition.
While exploring her options, Stephanie remembered a growing area of healthcare that she heard about in college— IONM. Her research revealed that the field has reasonable requirements and stable employment rates. So, Stephanie thought this could be the answer to her search for a sustainable patient-centered career. After careful consideration, she decided to take an IONM certificate course, and soon after, she applied for jobs in the field. Stephanie would finally hold a position that satisfied her in terms of interest and income… if she were to be hired. However, after all the time, effort, and money that this determined young woman put into her IONM career, she was left with nothing but rejection.
With all the options available, it can be extremely difficult to determine the right program or investment to propel your career. Stephanie chose the wrong one. The course that she took did not offer clinical hours in the operating room (OR), and so, she did not have the experience required for the roles she sought. While it may not have been comforting to her at the time, Stephanie was not alone. Across industries, countless others make the same mistakes every day.
For people like Stephanie, the only challenge greater than making impossible decisions is persevering in the face of rejection. Fruitless investments can be excruciatingly demoralizing, especially at times when the future is unclear. After an experience like Stephanie’s, many would have given up, but people must stay strong and take risks in order to succeed. And that’s exactly what Stephanie did.
After her first IONM course failed her, Stephanie enrolled in additional courses, only this time, she made the right decision. She chose comprehensive courses at a different institution— CEN. Rather than let go of her dreams, Stephanie received extensive clinical training in the OR from CEN. She immediately saw the value in the program, as she learned in the OR that each patient and every situation is unique. Throughout her experience, the differences between the cases she assisted with captivated her interest and enabled her to grow.
Upon completion of the program, Stephanie was immediately hired by Neuro Alert. In her first year, she earned the Rookie of the Year award. Today, she is highly regarded among her peers. And most importantly, she enjoys the sustainable career she had always desired. While every day is something new, Stephanie sees each day as another opportunity to use her experience to make a difference.